Regardless of the level of competency or expertise of a coach, the players and sports public see him firstly, as a person. If they don’t like him as a person, they won’t like him as a coach, despite his knowledge and skills. Besides giving a positive answer to the question “What kind of an expert am I? “, a coach is also expected to answer the question “What kind of person am I? “. I’m sure you’ve invested a lot of time and effort in your professional development, just like many coaches.
Do you know how much time you’ve devoted to your personal development? Believe me when I say that only development in both segments results in achieving a successful coaching career! As coaches, you all tend to invest additional time and money to enhance your knowledge about technique, tactics, and physical training, yet only of a few of you are willing to go ahead and invest in personal development. Equally, without having both sets of expertise, you can’t become a strong and successful coach. Talking about a coach, how many times have I heard players say: “He’s a great coach! He knows everything. But God forbid if he ever leads the training session. He doesn’t know how to communicate. He’s a really tough person and unable to cooperate. He’s always right, shouting and never listens to anyone”!
The professional quality of these coaches will never come to light as they’ve never learned fundamental human communication skills. A coach will never become successful based only on his knowledge of technique, tactics and physical preparation. If you want to become a successful coach, along with your expertise, you have to master and fine tune your communication skills. You have to open the doors of your spirituality. The adoption of communication skills and the impact on people is extremely important for coaches, as well as the kind of impression it leaves. The same applies to players. Players, who develop in just a professional capacity, fail to achieve the best results. Top players become those who, along with having the talent and sports skills, understand and appreciate human relationships in the team.